Chipping Away Over Time: The Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse


There are more than forty serious medical conditions that can be directly linked to alcohol abuse. The fact that you run the risk of suffering from serious health issues such as cancer, liver disease, cancer, and strokes should be enough to make you sit up and take notice of what long-term impact your excessive drinking might be having.

Help is out there in the form of treatment for alcohol abuse to help you to take back control and reduce your health risks before it is too late.

In the meantime, let’s look at some of the typical health risks you face when alcohol abuse chips away at your health in such a detrimental way.

An increased risk of cancer

A fundamental point to make about alcohol and the potential risk of developing cancer is that there is no accepted safe level of alcohol consumption when it comes to assessing the impact of your drinking.

In basic terms, alcohol is classed as a primary carcinogen. That means it is widely accepted, from a medical perspective, that it is a known cause of cancer.

In reality, what is happening when you drink alcohol is that your body is converting alcohol to poison. The greater the amount of alcohol you drink, especially when it is high levels of consumption on a regular basis, the greater the risk you face of developing cancer.

You put your heart health at greater risk with alcohol

It is a similar story when it comes to the negative association between alcohol consumption and heart health.

It has been shown that drinking even small levels of alcohol will raise your risk profile. This increases the prospect of developing cardiovascular disease where you damage your heart and blood vessels.

Excessive drinking raises your blood pressure and creates hypertension. When your blood is forced to pump with a greater force than normal it raises the risk of suffering a stroke or developing a heart disease.

What are you doing to your liver?

Your liver can do a very effective job of breaking down about 90% alcohol ingested, removing it from your body safely. However, the way it does this and the volume of alcohol your liver can cope with can lead to liver damage when it has to process too much.

Your liver is only capable of breaking down about one unit of alcohol per hour. When you are drinking excessively and continuously you are seriously jeopardizing your liver health because there are not enough enzymes in your body to be able to break down such a volume of alcohol.

The first stage of liver disease is fatty liver disease. This damage has the potential to be reversed if diagnosed early enough. Although it also requires a serious realignment of your drinking habits as well.

These are just some of the many potential long-term health issues you could be developing as a result of excessive drinking.

Seek professional guidance and support for your drinking problem and you can take a big step toward lowering your risk of suffering from a serious and potentially life-threatening disease or condition.

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I am Jessica Moretti, mother of 1 boy and 2 beautiful twin angels, and live in on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia. I started this blog to discuss issues on parenting, motherhood and to explore my own experiences as a parent. I hope to help you and inspire you through simple ideas for happier family life!


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